Windows Azure code samples collection

J.D. Meier has just posted a great article that lists all of the best Windows Azure code samples from MSDN, codeplex, etc.

They have been categorised into sections for easy reference. This is a great way to quickly skim over and see which topics you need to brush up on. Great work J.D!

By David Burela


List of Azure sessions at PDC 2010

Now that PDC has finished, I decided to collect all of the Azure sessions up so that I could tick off which ones I have viewed, and which ones I have yet to watch. Most them them don’t have the session available as a download, but they are all available as a live stream immediately!

CD07: Building Windows Phone 7 applications with the Windows Azure Platform
CS01: Building High Performance Web Applications with the Windows Azure Platform
CS02: Building Scale-Out Database Solutions on SQL Azure
CS03: Building, Deploying, and Managing Windows Azure Applications
CS04: Composing Applications with AppFabric Services
CS05: Connecting Cloud & On-Premises Apps with the Windows Azure Platform
CS06: Enabling New Scenarios and Applications with Data in the Cloud
CS07: Identity & Access Control in the Cloud
CS08: Inside windows Azure
CS09: Migrating and Building Apps for Windows Azure with VM Role and Admin Mode
CS10: Open in the Cloud: Windows Azure and Java
CS11: Windows Azure Storage Deep Dive
FT04: Building Web APIs for the Highly Connected Web
FT07: Lessons Learned from Moving Team Foundation Server (TFS) to the Cloud

By David Burela

My notes from PDC10 day 1 Keynote


Keynote 1

  • New IE9 preview out. No real news apart from they are putting a lot of emphasis on HTML5
  • There is a new profiling tool for Windows Phone 7!
  • New OData SDK

Keynote 2

All about Azure

  • Extra small instance ($0.05/hour)
  • Remote desktop
  • New “Virtual Machine” role. Take a Windows Server 2008 R2 image and upload
  • Enhancements to Azure Access Control Service. Can federate authentication to Facebook, Google, Yahoo, etc.
  • App fabric caching available
  • New Azure app composition service

Other links

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Who is on the Windows Azure team in Australia

I just noticed this blog post

It lists all of the Microsoft Australia staff that are working with Windows Azure platform. If you looking for a Microsoft contact to ask questions of, they would be a great place to start.

By David Burela

Community Report: Hobart.Net usergroup (Windows Azure & Windows Phone 7 Series)

On Friday 16th July, I headed down to Hobart to present at the Hobart.Net usergroup.

It was a good turn out for a Friday afternoon and Christopher Baker as usual had organised a great venue for the event to be held at. It was hosted at the Hobart casino in a members only bar that was booked just for us. The catering provided by the casino was great, there was a nice selection of hot finger food available.

For my talk I spent the first 1.5 hours doing a lap around Windows Azure.

  • I explained the fundamentals of cloud computing
  • What the vision of Window Azure is
  • the basic building blocks available with Windows Azure
  • some code demos
  • How to deploy to Azure
  • how to change the number of instance and deploy new versions

After that initial talk, I then did an hour talk on Windows Phone 7 series

  • What Windows phone 7 series is
  • The programming models available
  • Some code demos
  • I showed Beachy and explained how I had built it
  • Showed some design time data tricks with Expression Blend

By David Burela

Presenting at Hobart.Net user group on Windows Azure – July 16

I am doing a talk at my old user group I ran for 2 years, the Hobart .Net user group. If you are in Hobart come along and attend usergroup Friday July 16th – “Introduction to cloud computing and Windows Azure”

Location: Wrest Point – Portlight Bar
Time: 4pm-6pm

Cloud computing has been getting a lot of attention lately, but what does it really mean and how does it effect you and your business? In this session David Burela will explain the fundamentals and building blocks of cloud computing and how they can be used to build scalable web applications. David will demonstrate how to develop with the Windows Azure platform and easily deploy your applications into the cloud.

Topics that will be covered

  • Cloud introduction, basic building blocks of the cloud
  • What is windows Azure, how does it compare against Amazon and Google’s offerings?
  • Developing applications for Windows Azure
  • Fundamentals of architecting for the cloud

Bio: David Burela is a Tasmanian who went to the University of Tasmania and worked for “Federal hotels and resorts” for many years as a Graduate Analyst Programmer. Since leaving Tasmania he has worked for Readify as a Senior Devloper and now at Hazaa as a Senior Consultant. He won the international Microsoft programming competition, the ‘Imagine Cup’, with software project SOAK which aimed to assist farmers manage their farms through a cloud computing platform. Now David focuses on ways that Silverlight, Windows phone 7 series and Windows Azure can all be used in unison.

By David Burela

Windows Azure sessions from North America TechEd 2010

TechEd North America just wrapped up this week, so I have taken the time to pull together all of the Azure related topics into one area. As usual each of the sessions are available as streaming video through silverlight, but are also able to be downloaded in low and high qualities. Most sessions also have the slides available for download. So go ahead, download some of the sessions, then sit on your couch and watch them while you relax. Happy learning!

ARC304 Real-World Patterns for Cloud Computing
ASI202 Real-World SOA with Microsoft .NET and Windows Azure
ASI204 Windows Azure AppFabric Overview
COS201 A Day in the Life: Running Hosted Services in the Cloud
COS209 Building Momentum with Windows Azure
COS303 Lap around the Windows Azure Platform
COS305 Microsoft SQL Azure Development Best Practices
COS306 The Economics of Cloud Computing
COS307 Using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 to Build Applications That Run on Windows Azure
COS310 Windows Azure Storage Deep Dive
COS311 Migrating Applications to Microsoft SQL Azure
DAT209 What’s New in Microsoft SQL Azure
DEV208 Open Data for the Open Web
OSP213 SharePoint and Azure: How Do They Play Together?
SIA303 Identity and Access Management: Windows Identity Foundation and Windows Azure
WEM201 Discover Windows Embedded Standard 7 as Your Next Application Platform
WSV310 What Does the Cloud Mean for the IT Professional?

By David Burela